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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,303 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-15-2013 18:06:38 | More by TheBeeraholic
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

06-04-2013 19:49:08 | More by sweemzander
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Softestdog

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-01-2012 23:27:17 | More by Softestdog
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-17-2011 01:11:22 | More by doucmehu
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KillaB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-29-2013 10:29:51 | More by KillaB
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-06-2014 17:57:49 | More by Uniobrew31
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-27-2012 03:52:43 | More by ejimhof
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-23-2013 08:00:28 | More by khargro2
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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-13-2014 20:32:07 | More by josephwa
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SamN

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

04-23-2011 05:30:25 | More by SamN
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ShakaShakaShaka

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-18-2012 20:54:04 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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BigDank

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured from a 12oz can into a goose island matilda goblet. In the air the pour stream is a very dark brown but once in the glass becomes enough to be opaque / black. The head is a light brown and very tall so the carbonation must be somewhat high. Head reduced to a lumpy foam then dissipated completely in a short time. Smell is light, not too rich or outstanding. Taste is somewhat light and sweet and not really anything amazing as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad beer but not really what I would look for in a stout. To each their own I suppose. Drinkability is high as the abv is not too high and the mouthfeel is smooth and easy. The beer rolls across the tongue lightly with the bubbles biting just a little bit. Overall drinkable, but not my cup of tea (or beer). Was worth the try.

12-28-2009 01:12:40 | More by BigDank
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maltyb

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-18-2014 06:26:15 | More by maltyb
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AndAShotAJameson

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-21-2011 20:54:00 | More by AndAShotAJameson
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours an opaque black, slightly brown around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan head the leaves good splattered lacing about the glass.

Aroma is very smokey. I smelt something like teriyaki sauce and it reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It was very malty.

Taste was pretty much identical to the smell. It was was too smokey and nothing I enjoyed very much.

Mouthfeel was very creamy, but I couldn't withhold the taste so I couldn't keep it in my mouth too long. There was no alcohol present and it had decent carbonation.

Overall this is probably my least favorite stout to date. I don't plan on buying or drinking another one of these.

02-21-2009 21:53:02 | More by mothman
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-16-2013 23:50:16 | More by Jspriest
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Kornoms

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-23-2012 15:29:23 | More by Kornoms
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dubmax

Kansas

3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-28-2012 23:25:47 | More by dubmax
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tbeq00

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-13-2011 20:25:47 | More by tbeq00
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idResponse

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Average porter. Average price. Average... ho hum... blah... move on... If you want something interesting, certainly don't look here. This beer is a porter... sure... it's a porter... yup... it sure is a porter! I'm pretty certain it's a porter. It tastes and looks and smells like a porter. It's a porter allright! I'm bored of this porter. It's unremarkable and average all the way through. Certainly an excellent find if it's on a bargain shelf but I'm sure you can find better tasting porters near you and not from halfway across the world... Unless you live in Sri Lanka!

09-29-2012 02:24:20 | More by idResponse
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%

I loved the look of this. Pitch black with a beige colored head that came large and stayed at medium size for awhile. Smelled of strong semi-sweet chocolate chips and a hint of alcohol. Taste of roasted malts and intense chocolate (like a mochachino). Only problem is that the flavor is withdrawn and doesn't fully show itself. There's also a sourness in the beer that seems like it shouldn't be there. Is that supposed to be the hops? Is it some astringency from the grains. I don't know, but I do know that it mixes with the chocolate and creates an off flavor. Body is medium to weak in thickness. Could be much better than it is.

07-31-2003 21:34:20 | More by granger10
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GNWBC

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%

hadnt had this in a while so i figured i pick up a couple.

P: pours a jet black with a tan head that has good retention and lacing

S: doesn't really smell like anything....kind of disappointing.

T: Vanilla, burbon, carmel and some toasty malts

O: not bad has good mouth feel with the carbonation, wouldn't mind sessioning with it but its not stellar.

02-14-2012 22:21:46 | More by GNWBC
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ZtremEoj

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%

A pitch-black brew from Sri-Lanka, an island off the southern coast of India.

I received this beer as part of a "beer of the month" club type thing.

I was excited to open this beer, but it wasnt quite up to what i was expecting. maybe a little too metallic?

The can it came in looks nicely appointed. Simple black and red with a lion (as expected).

When poured, it looked almost syrup-y. very heady.

The smell is just on-par for a stout.

The taste did disappoint me a little. To me, it was a little bit metallic for my taste.

Not a bad mouthfeel. Pretty smooth.

Overall, it was just Okay. Dont hate it, but would not choose it again if given other options.

07-03-2014 04:30:28 | More by ZtremEoj
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MEsquandoles

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%

11.2oz bottle in Unibroue Maudite snifter.

32308 18:18 printed in yellow on the neck. It tastes like it could be from March 2008.

Michael Jackson is pictured on the back, it's from Sri Lanka, an 8% "Stout" and only costs 2 bucks a bottle. This is why my friend in AZ picked it up for me.

Very good head retention. I'm likely marking off because the appearance isn't as impressive as other bis stouts I've had due to this one most likely not having oat and significantly less-hopped. Aroma nowhere near compares to most big stouts I've had.

Has those Euro Big Stout flavours, like Sam Smith Imp Stout or a Baltic Porter - toffee, tootsie roll, grape jelly and berries, port. I suppose that is the "Export Stout" flavor. I get some sweet wine-like flavors (but not very woody), some dessert-like creaminess (chocolate mousse, maybe carrot cake?), and some hazelnut. I'm not that familiar with carob, but I think it tastes a like a carob dessert.

Thick and the alcohol is not present in the taste.

I didn't know Sri Lanka exported beer. It's probably pretty good there. If I was ever near Sri Lanka, I'd love to try in there.

Not bad. I'd recommend it for the price, but I wouldn't seek it out. A little sweet for my tastes., I'd like some more roastiness and hop presence. I much prefer American Imperial Stouts, like Victory Storm King for example; although I realize this is a different brew in many ways. I would bet most would like more than me though...

01-15-2009 03:02:40 | More by MEsquandoles
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bjohn84

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%

A - Pours deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of foaming, creamy light brown head

S - Bitter chocolate,Unique smell for the style.. almost like some form of sour burnt sugar comes though with a slight smokiness. Not really pleasant on the nose

T - Bitter chocolate / chocolate milk upfront with a fruity bitterness throughout the middle and alcohol rounding out the back end

M - Medium High mouthfeel on this and lingering cream texture, but also feels a bit chalky. Dry bittering finish on the tongue to end things. Would be difficult to have too many of these with the lingering numbness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O - Not too bad for the price being on the lower end, and has a decent amount of complexity, but something about the strange smell vs the taste kept if a lower rating for me.

01-23-2012 00:48:19 | More by bjohn84
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.